Faculty

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ART

Elaine Estern: visual art. Born in California but raised in Brazil, Ms. Estern brings unique techniques for painting to our classroom. Owner of Coconut Coast Art Studio here in St. John, she paints picturesque vistas and has paintings included in the White House, Westin Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, Cleveland Clinics, the list goes on and on. She is known for her two world creations, showing both above and below the water and her creations reflect her love and support for the fragile ocean ecosystems. Formerly a Montessori School Administrator, Paramedic and most importantly a mother and grandmother, she brings a diverse skill set to the SJSA team.

Emily Wild: clay making. cartoon and anime. Ms. Wild is the first student teacher for SJSA. Having been a long time student of SJSA, she started taking creative movement at the age of three and continued her arts education in ballet, visual arts and piano. She is homeschooled and a part time student at GHS. After graduating, she hopes to attend an arts college. Her love for arts and crafts, sketching and painting, anime and creating children’s books is evident. Her love for Asian culture can be found throughout her portfolio, especially the many dragon creations in clay, fabric and on paper.

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Ashley Cates: hip-hop. Ms. Cates has been involved in dance since the age of three, and is offering a hip-hop class for children and young adults at SJSA. She also created Twerk and Tone Fitness to offer more options on island for residents and visitors to get fit and have fun! Serving as the Marking Director of SJSA, Ms. Cates and her husband moved to St. John with their two dogs, Henry and Logan, in 2014.

Elizabeth Gowan: Acro St. John. Ms. Gowan is a certified Yoga Power Flow instructor and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. As a certified Yoga for Children teacher, she has taught the SJSA in-school Mind Body Connection for Scholastic Improvement program. She maintains a private practice in yoga and Thai massage.

Jillian Grossman: ballet. Ms. Grossman began dancing at age three. She studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip hop throughout her childhood. She joined the University of Pittsburgh Dance team in college and performed at all Pitt football and basketball games. She also studied dance as her minor at the University of Pittsburgh. Jillian has a masters degree in elementary education and special education. She is a Zumba Fitness instructor and loves teaching Zumba and dance classes.

Shannon Beauvais: pre-ballet. Ms. Beauvais has been dancing since the tender age of 3. She has studied several different dance styles, from ballet, modern, jazz and tap. She holds an Associates Degree in Dance as well as a degree in Early Childhood Learning from Plymouth State University. She has participated in countless recitals and performances throughout the years.

Kim Wild: ballet, tap, creative movement, developing the artistic eye through movement.  Ms. Wild, also serving as Executive Director at SJSA, holds a BA degree in dance at Columbia College and a MFA degree in dance at Florida State University. She has over 25 years of teaching experience extending from the young child to the professional student. With a teaching assistantship at FSU, she taught non-major dance classes in ballet and jazz as well as teaching choreography, modern and ballet to students at Tallahassee Community College as adjunct faculty. She served as Dance Director (1990) for the Colquitt County Arts Center, a community arts school in Georgia.

Jude Woodcock: creative movement, modern dance, Acro St. John. Ms. Woodcock received a BS degree from Southwest Missouri State and toured with Pilobolus Dance Theater from 1984-1994. She helped choreograph over 20 new works for the company and acted as touring and rehearsal director from 1989-1994. She still maintains ties with the company by representing them through teaching at various locales on the main land. Ms. Woodcock has taught at the American Dance Festival working with the young dancers program.

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Dennison Blackett: music technology, saxophone and ensemble director. Mr. Blackett is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production. His experience as an instructor ranges from directing youth ensembles to woodwind instruction. He has a very extensive knowledge of computer programming, software programs, digital music production and Psychoacoustics. As a saxophonist, he has an extensive discography of original works, which he co-produced and co-composed and he is associated with numerous jazz bands. Mr. Blackett is serving as SJSA’s Music Ensemble Director.

Edward Bruce: percussion and guitar. Mr. Bruce received his BA degree in Anthropology from Columbia University along with 25 credits in Mandarin and German. In 1982, he received his MA Ed. Degree from University of Phoenix, majoring in Reading Acquisition, problem prescriptions. In 2005, he received his International T.E.F.L. Diploma, Boland School, including China certificate. He came to St. John in 1974 as the director of the Cruz Bay Daycare Center. For many years, he has volunteered his skills to Julius E. Sprauve School as a reading teacher, special and general education teacher. As an accomplished musician, he is serving as SJSA’s ethnic drumming and dance teacher as well as Music Education Director.

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers. vocal instruction, choral director. Kristen has MA and BA degrees in Music from Smith College. She has performed in operatic and musical theater settings, in oratorio and as a soprano soloist for choirs and orchestras. Kristen has performed a wide range of repertoire in the continental United States, UK and Israel. Kristen has been teaching people to sing since 1986, and she enjoys teaching beginners of any age to professionals. Her students can be found singing lullabies to their grandchildren, and also operatic settings in Europe and in musical theater in New York. She first came to St John in 2011 as visiting music director for Gifft Hill School’s musicals through the New England Youth Theater. A full-time St John resident as of 2014, she teaches vocal music for St John’s youth and is founder and director of the St John Women’s Ensemble.

Barney “Broheem” Proctor: saxophone. Mr. Proctor started playing violin at age nine and started playing saxophone at age twelve. His development really started when he attended Drew Junior High School and played in the band, which allowed him to compete for scholarship funds which he used for private lessons. After high school he went into the military as a saxophone player stationed first in Missouri, then Naples, Italy for 3 years. After he finished his term in the military he decided to live in Italy for 2 years, moved back to Los Angeles where he continued to play gigs with a band called Somethin Smoothe and worked as a paralegal until moving to St John, USVI.

Luba Dolgopolsky: piano, Orff, voice, choir. Ms. Dolgopolsky is a Russian trained concert pianist who performed as a soloist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen. In 2004 she received her MA degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and holds a BFA in Music Performance from The New School, New York, NY. She is Level 1 & 2 Kodaly and Level 1 Orff certified. She has taught in New York’s public schools as well as private instruction.

Cora Reuter: violin. Ms. Cora Reuter has been an active private teacher and performer for almost 15 years. She studied violin with Marcia Ott, Marta Kirk, and Svend Ronning at Pacific Lutheran University where she was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra for four years, leading the group on tour through Germany in 2000. Ms. Reuter has since performed in many orchestras including the popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Sinfionetta, Olympia Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, and the Interlochen Staff Orchestra. At the heart of her teaching philosophy is an emphasis on passion and the freedom that arises from striving for impeccable technique.

Philiah Haile Iyah-Israel: guitar. Mr. Israel has an extensive musical background, performing with Grammy Award winning bands as well as touring with countless acts throughout both America and Europe. His musical instruction background includes tutoring, workshops, lectures and symposiums on the topic of “Jah Music” throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. His educational background includes graduate level course work at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb) and Ph.D. level work at Central State University. Mr. Israel brings a diverse set of skills to our school, through his work as an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and percussionist.

Brian Falatko: steel pan. Mr. Falatko was trained in steel pan under the tutelage of St. John’s very own Victor Provost. He holds a Masters of Percussion Performance from George Mason University and has trained in several different styles, including drumline, classical, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian. He has taught classes in percussion at several different schools, ranging in instruction from Wind Ensemble, IB Music, Music Theory to Beginning Band and Drumline/Pep Band.

Howard Peters: drums. Mr. Peters teaches percussion for SJSA and is previously performed with the Army Band while attending the School of Music in the US Army. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of the Virgin Islands.

Glenn “Kwabena” Davis. songwriting. Mr. Davis is heavily involved in the community as a Calypsonian storyteller, educator, historian, activist and former Calypso King himself. He is the co-founder of the Quelbe Tramp and Founder of the Voices of Love Community Choir. He was raised and educated in the Virgin Islands and is a guitar instructor as well.

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Theatre

Alesia Georgiou: theatre.  Ms. Georgiou began studying acting at seven years old as well as piano, dance and voice. In 2001, she graduated from the Performing Arts High School and immediately went on to study at the Moscow Art Theatre, an ensemble-based theatre company.  After graduating, she and others founded “Studio Six,” the first American studio ensemble based on this sixty-five year technique and school.

Jeuné Provost: acting for radio, TV and film.  Ms. Provost received a BA degree in Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a MA degree in Teaching from Mercer University.  She has worked with the local WTJX-TV Channel 12 in completing voice-overs for promo reel, produced and edited PSAs, wrote scripts for local programming and produced, directed and edited “Carnival Parade,” “Reading is Fun” and “Pride and Bloom” promos.  She is also an elementary teacher at one of the local public schools.

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SJSA Staff:
Kim Wild, Executive Director
Jenna Fox, Executive Assistant
LaVida Lima, Administrative Assistant
Tiffany Thornton, Bookkeeper
Ashley Cates, Marketing
Eddie Bruce, Music Director